Ground Your Vata: 7-Minute Ayurveda Meditation
This 7-minute meditation will help you to eliminate busyness of the mind and clear anxiety. It’s rooted in Ayurveda, which is a science based on the elements and the way an individual person is composed of the elements. It advises a person, based on her or his composition, on certain times of the year, certain foods to eat or avoid, and activities to perform to reach a harmony of the elements within one’s self.
With a focus on the exhales, which you can imagine pushing you back down to earth, back down to the ground or whatever holds you, this meditation is like the deflation of excess air in the body.
For people who are feeling an overabundance of the vata element during this vata season (fall and winter), this is so extremely grounding and productive to dealing with fear and anxiety. So important if you’re feeling scattered. Feeling scattered can mean missing a lot of wonderful, important presence.
Vata is represented best by the elements of air, wind and ether. You are likely to have excessive vata during fall and winter if your dosha is predominantly vata. This is the time of year to take care of ourselves, but this meditation works at any time.
A nice hand gesture in case you’re curious is palms down on lap or floor or whatever you’re lying or sitting on. A good mantra if you’re interested in incorporating one of those: “I am grounded.” OR “I am earth.”
On this site, I offer short, guided meditations that address specific issues and themes. I use a lot of different techniques from breath work to visualization and mudra. Though I know the benefit of guided meditations, there is a lot to be said for meditating without guidance, and instead either meditating in silence or with music/sound. Sounds can be ultra healing and helpful when it comes to letting the mind relax into the right state for meditation. Just like a guided meditation, they can be a catalyst for a clear and beautiful practice.
I wanted to find the perfect type of sound or music, not only for my yoga classes, but for my own personal meditations. I found two wonderful sources:
Isochronic Tones & Binaural Beats: You can get a specific set of tones for any outcome you want to see in your meditation, just like my guided meditations bring you to a certain benefit. These mp3 tracks provide brainwave entrainment in order to bring about cognitive, physical and emotional benefits. These audios reset your brainwave frequency to bring about any number of specific, healing outcomes. I’m a light sleeper so their sleep audios really helped me by adjusting my brainwaves to set up for some delta wave sleep.
Paleo Mind: So along those same brainwaves, these beautiful sounds change the way your brain communicates with the rest of your body. They actually change the way you think and feel, and with the help of this music, raise your vibration. We can affect the way the nervous system communicates. And therefore, change the whole game of how we are in the world. Try Paleo Mind if you’re not sure about Isochronic Tones above. These tracks are also geared toward specific benefits like Chakra Healing, Pure Positivity, Deep Sleep, Energy Booster and Total Focus. Love them.
Both of the options for brainwave treatment above are instant downloads. So if you’re sick of my voice, then try one of these awesome ways to get the perfect sound for your meditations.
MEDITATION & YOGA:
Crystals and gems are highly interactive with their environments. They absorb, store and emit energy and information. Because of their stable makeup, they can store all kinds of information and emit it out into the world. They react to the input of someone's energy and information (like a mantra or intention). Likewise, they emit a certain vibration frequency that could alter the energy field (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) of the person or other energy form in their immediate environment.
This obviously leads to energetic change. Healing, uplifting, cleansing, empowering, inspiring, energizing, magnifying, balancing, restoring. Depending on the crystal with its specific benefits and your own intention, a crystal could be your catalyst. Powerful tools for meditation and yoga. I get my crystals from a great source: Click here to shop Sage Goddess Collectible Crystals.
Yoga mat and accessories? This question comes up a lot from my students. When it comes to mats, props, and other little needs for meditation and yoga, my favorite brand for mats and accessories has always been Manduka. Durable, comfortable, well-made. I love Manduka.
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